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Portraits of Buddhist Women


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Acknowledgments Introduction 1. The Udeni Cycle 2. Visakha 3. Utpalavarna 4. The Mother of Kana 5. Kundalakesi 6. The Nun Patacara 7. Kisa-gotami 8. The Nun Bahuputtika 9. The Goddess Lada 10. Visakha Companions 11. Sirima 12. The Nun Uttara 13. The Nun Rupananda 14. Queen Mallika 15. The Mother of the Elder Kumara Kasub 16. The Weaver's Daughter 17. The Young Woman Cinca 18. The Three Daughters of Mara 19. Visakha's Questions 20. The Princess Rohini 21. Uttara 22. The Daughter Punna 23. The Nun Khema 24. Maha Prajapati Gotami 25. The Elder Sunderasamudda 26. Soreyya Bibliography Index

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Ranjini Obeyesekere is Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Princeton University. She is the author and editor of several books, including Sri Lankan Theater in a Time of Terror: Political Satire in a Permitted Space.


"This is an interesting translation of a work that is well known and loved by Sri Lankan Buddhists. They have seen it as one of the best expressions of what Buddhism means. It is good to have a translation of some of the key stories from this text so that students of Buddhism can have access to them to go with the more familiar doctrinal and ethical texts. The stories provide a richer context for understanding what the doctrines and ethics meant in classical Buddhist culture." - George Bond, Northwestern University "The translated stories are fascinating and rich. The interpretations offered are refreshing." - Paula K. R. Arai, Vanderbilt University "Anyone who likes to read engaging stories, especially those with a moral, will enjoy reading the book." - Donald K. Swearer, coauthor of The Legend of Queen Cama: Bodhiramsi's Camadevivamsa, a Translation and Commentary

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